Universities in New Zealand
Established in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury,
in Christchurch, New Zealand, has an international reputation for academic
both teaching and research.
It's first (undergraduate) degrees and higher (postgraduate)
programmes aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, and
professional excellence in every field.
Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand's South Island. It lies on the
coastal edge of the Canterbury Plains, close to both the sea and the mountains. The
University's modem and well-equipped facilities are spread across a spacious
suburban campus, with easy access to the centre of the city and its cultural and
The University is situated in a spacious landscaped campus in the suburb of
Ilam, Christchurch, only fifteen minutes from the central city and ten minutes
from the international Airport. The campus is surrounded by playing fields,
mature woodlands and the renowned flam gardens.
The University has seven faculties: Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Music
and Fine Arts, Forestry and Science. Within the faculties there are 39
departments. Its community currently comprises 12,000 students and an academic
staff of almost 500.
The University offers a wide range of courses. First degrees are offered in Arts,
Commerce, Science, Law, Music and Fine Arts, Engineering, Forestry, Social
Work and Speech and Language Therapy. Postgraduate courses range from one-
year graduate and post-graduate diplomas, to Masters degrees based on a
combination of coursework and research, and purely research-based doctorates.
Known as the 'Garden City', Christchurch has excellent beaches, plentiful parks, reserves and golf
courses. There are several ski-fields within an hour and a half's drive from the city.
It is easy to travel from Christchurch to lakes and mountains and well-known
tourist centres such as Mount Cook and Queenstown.
The University of Canterbury has been host to thousands of international
students over a period of more than forty years. Currently, there are over
700 international students from 54 countries enrolled in a wide variety of
programmes. In addition, many of New Zealand's permanent residents of
international origin attend university. This makes for a lively, interesting and
cosmopolitan university community.
Evidence of English Language proficiency is required for all students
whose first language is not English - more details can be found on the University's
website. The University has an English Language Centre on campus that
specialises in preparing students for entry into degree courses.
The final year of high school in some countries is not sufficient to qualify
students for university entrance in New Zealand The University has a
Foundation Studies course, with two intakes a year, to help such students
reach the required standard for entry.
International students are provided with a wide range of services. These
include airport pickup, guaranteed accommodation, campus orientation
programmes, assistance with English language, friendship linkages with NZ
families, and membership of the Student Health Centre, the Students'
Association, and the Recreation Centre.
The International Student Centre is also a great place to drop in for a
chat or to talk over problems with the staff. Free email is provided for
international students wanting to keep in touch with family back home. Events
are arranged throughout the year, and the three staff have general
responsibility for the support of international students on campus.
New Zealand is a modern and technologically advanced country, but it is
also a relaxing and safe place to live. There are few class distinctions, and
attitudes and manners are friendly and informal. Dress at university tends to
be casual and comfortable. Places of worship for all major Christian
denominations can be found in the city. There are also centres of worship for
Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and other religious communities. The University of Canterbury is
committed to providing students with a first class, internationally-recognised
degree, excellent support services and a great lifestyle. Because of the
low value of the New Zealand dollar, tuition and the cost of living are very cost-effective compared with
New Zealand's modem lifestyle and superb natural environment provide a
superb setting for study.
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Telephone +64 3-366-7001
Fax +64 3-364-2999